Father of Freedom Charter dies

2013-01-28 09:40

Johannesburg - The man who was instrumental in the drafting of the Freedom Charter has died, according to a report on Monday.

Alan Lipman, 88, died at his Johannesburg home, The Star reported. Lipman played a major role in the drafting of the Freedom Charter in 1955. The document is the foundation of the country's Constitution.

His wife, Beata, 63, is believed to have hand-written the original Charter, the newspaper reported.

Lipman joined the SA Communist Party while he was studying architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1948.

He left the party in 1956 and joined the African National Congress.

According to the newspaper, Lipman was disillusioned with the ANC in recent times.

  • Vishen - 2013-01-28 09:49

    "According to the newspaper, Lipman was disillusioned with the ANC in recent times."......most telling part of this sad news!

      angelanair3 - 2013-01-28 15:40

      So my FREE DOM comment was removed? Ah well - FREE DOM of speech no way - not on news 24. You ANC supporters need to fight fair - criticism is healthy - it could help to make the ANC better leaders........ Oh well you can delete the comments but not peoples thoughts and ideas!

  • pnondabula - 2013-01-28 09:53

    The wife was 5years old in 1955. How id it possible for her to have written the fridom charter. Also interesting the 25 years gap between their ages.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2013-01-28 10:22

      Maybe he was a paedophile.

      christian.manzi.5 - 2013-01-28 10:30

      U got it. Most people just read. But, you read critically. Thumbs up.

      Jeremy - 2013-01-28 11:21

      The article got her age wrong. The Star's article states "his wife of 63 years" which means they were married for 63 years, not that she was aged 63.

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-04-22 09:13

      Maybe News24 got it wrong and she was his daughter? Please check your facts N24. I was 6 in 1955?

  • mbulelu.diba - 2013-01-28 10:10

    Our freedom charter died.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-28 10:47

    Another big funeral coming.

  • norman.buchalter - 2013-01-28 11:31

    Of course he was disillusioned with the cancer crowd.Any right thinking citizen would be. They are not the exception that proves the rule that in Africa its what you steal that counts not what you contribute tothe upliftment of your country.Political elites pay lip service to the rule of law and the constitution.We are a constitutional democracy in name only.What an absolute slap in the face to visionaries like Lipman

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2013-01-28 11:37

    May his Soul RIP!

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-04-22 09:15

      A respectful comment thank you.

  • winston.jackson.14 - 2013-01-28 11:43

    So much for the charter. These people think they are free but will forever be enslaved by their ideologies. Ideologies have never and will never set anyone free. people have to learn what freedom really is.

  • marinda.hibberspretorius - 2013-01-28 14:20

    What FREEDOM...

  • johan.pretorius.906 - 2013-01-28 17:59

    freedom what freedom you can not even send your child to the shop without him or her getting raped or murdered

  • - 2013-01-28 19:28

    An interesting aside is that school children are taught in social studies that the Freedom Charter was formulated in a democratic exercise in which views and opinions were sourced from all over the country, refined and formulated into the compiling of the charter. But, besides Lipman, the Bernsteins were also very involved and helped to disseminate the pamphlet at Kliptown in 1955 where it was adopted as a policy document of the congress.

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-04-22 09:18

      Did Helen Suzman have any input? I'm curious because of the huge debate caused about THAT pamphlet. I would imagine that people like Nelson Mandela were also involved?

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